US of A and the rest of …..us.

MY PACIFIC..ATION

 PACIFIC..ATION

 

I recall in 1963 seeing a glimpse of motorcade and someone called J.F. Kennedy in Dublin.  There was a lot of excitement at the return of a ‘done well’ son of indigenous Irish stock who so happened to be current leader of the free world.  In retrospect there was a lot of vicarious pride too, where the normal sort was probably lacking at that time.  The figure in a blue suit brought as much Hollywood as Washington DC, and the crowd lapped it up.   It was the first experience small children, as we were then, would see of another world.  A world of  Donna Reed and Harbour Command, and a world of wonder and possibly promise.

Naturally as a child I was not aware that this person had prevented a thermonuclear apocalypse nine months earlierwhen his military advisors were as eager to be as effective in late October ’62 as they had been  ineffective at the Bay of Pigs in ’61.  It might take more than wealth and glamour to handle this hawkish onslaught.

This is all by way of explaining that before leaving Ireland, he invited anyone visiting Washington (of DC) to drop by at the White House.   It was a gesture and the likelihood  that this would ever happen would be similar to the possibility that one day -an  International Space Station  -would orbit the earth every 90 minutes.

It does!

I did visit the House that Hoban built in 2007 at least from the perimeter, and in 2008, they actually allowed me inside.  Gratitude goes to a Lady Senator from Wisconsin with no Irish connections.

Now one item that is forbidden to carry by ‘ordinary’  visitors to the White House is a camera.  The other item is everything except the clothes you stand in.

So just to remind you all of the millions of images already in the world’s consciousness by-here is the way the White House looked on the day, and probably everyday with excellent cleaning.

pictures infra from wiki under common licence one hopes.  Green, Red room, Cross Hall, and East Room  respectively

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I have spoken elsewhere regarding the unreal almost ‘doll’s house’ impression I had of the Green; Blue; and Red Rooms.  Before that, one walks under the lantern and though the front portal into a bright hallway and onto the red-carpeted Cross Hall which leads to the East Room.

Everything is familiar, strangely.  The East room curtains have the-’yellow silk look’-as they always seemed to have had on television pictures going back decades.  It is also very small relatively speaking for a room which housed royal banquets for centuries, and lately, rock concerts.  And more memorably the casket of a slain President.   Everyone, Ulysess Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and their consorts have been here

Turn right and then right again to a door and you pass by the ‘colour themed rooms’.  These well maintained parlours were roped off to prevent the hoi poloi such as ourselves from further enquiry.  Fair play of course but the armed security staff was sufficient,  I felt .

Or was it?   I did rebelliously put a toe and finger where other body parts from other bodies feared to thread and touch.   I  do this quite often now, in museums and art galleries around the western world, in a sort of obsessive compulsion to feel history, to touch permanence.

Which reminds me of the day before.

I was passing a street by the West Wing (no ordinary visits here).  I saw a Harley police motorcycle parked and went for a close inspection.  Never a great idea to touch one with any HD owner, and not specifically one paid for by the US Government, for the DC security detail outside Western World Power Central.

Within a micro-second a cop car with a cop woman sped across and dissuaded me from ever doing such again.   It was stupid. I was temporarily bored and was curious as to what would happen

Fortunately that faux pas didn’t remotely interfere with security clearance for the  Pentagon.   On two occasions no less, I was kindly afforded this very interesting experience.

GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.  NEWS HAS REACHED ME THAT............

GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. NEWS HAS REACHED ME THAT…………

 

I HAD TO RETURN TO MAKE IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

 

 

LISTEN UP!  I'LL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE!

LISTEN UP! I’LL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE!

 

 

Outside the Pentagon.  Or one part of one side of it- by the Metro stop.  Too much detail?

Outside the Pentagon. Or one part of one side of it- by the Metro stop. Too much detail?

 

 

 

Over to Abe’s  ‘place’ in the Capitol building

 

ABE WAS HERE -at one time

ABE WAS HERE -at one time

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   I must post more, and the full size soon

Halls of Executive Power.  In the Capitol Building.  One of the corridors where politicians of fame and a few of infamy walked.

Halls of Executive Power. In the Capitol Building. One of the corridors where politicians of fame and a few of infamy walked.

 

 

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 A bit of a jump here but until I find time to do some decent editing……

 

 From Halls of Executive power in DC to just one machine of many here in California.  A technological marvel that never dropped a single bomb nor fired a weapon, but gave information that changed strategies, and possibly the course of history-no less

  ASTOUNDING!

the machine here……..

 not the sandles!

FLIGHTLINE OF POWER MILITARY /THE GREATEST -SR 71-amongst which are Stablemate---the equally high flying 80,000+but less swift U2 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

The    Mach 3+    SR 71

The most operational Blackbird ca. 1966-1992

  It cruised over most of the world at 2,000 plus knots per hour-17 miles altitude  ‘taking snaps’.  The plane oozes history, and some fluids.

 

Under the SR-71 It covers me as it once covered the world at 80,000ft altitude and at triple the speed of sound !

Under the SR-71
It covers me as it once covered the world at 80,000ft altitude and at triple the speed of sound !

 

 It was the stablemate of Lockheed’s equally high-flying but less swift U2.

 

 

That's valet parking at Edwards AFB.  The updated U2.  It preceded the SR-71, and is very much still serving.   The need for speed against a cold war MIG foe that the SR-71 provided, became less necessary and less financially viable.

That’s valet parking at Edwards AFB.
The updated U2. It preceded the SR-71, and is very much still serving. The need for speed against a cold war MIG foe that the SR-71 provided, became less necessary and less financially viable.

  Again as elsewere my view of these machines are from an aesthetic standpoint.  I am aware of the use US Government had for them.   This one I’m under was certainly influential for better or worse as it took reconnaissance photos for the Israeli government prior to the 6 Day War in 1967. 

 It did similar espionage work in other theatres around the globe for two decades. 

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 I must get my enthusiasm ‘after-burner’ on soon to update more pictures  of the US aviation inventory from

 Castle Air Museum,

  Edwards AFB, Mojave California;

and at Nellis AFB-Las Vegas Nevada;

as trillions  of dollars were on display in various mechanical shapes

 

E-2E-3E-4E-6E-8EC-18E-767E-737E310EC121EC-130VEC-130EC-

Rotary UH1SH2CH3SH3OH6TH6V22CH46H47H53TH57OH-58SH-60UH-60HH-65JRAJTRL

Trainers     T1-T2-T3-6T-T34-37-38-41-43-44 AND 45

X-Planes       X-29X-30X-31X-32X-33X-34X-35X-

Bombers             B-52B-1B-2B-3

HyperSoar         ASWS-3CSAP-3P-7

UAV Attack                     AH-1YAL-1 ABLA-4AH-6A-6EA-6BA-7AV-8A-9A-1A-12A-XAH-6RAH66F111F-117AC-130UCAV

Fighters   -5F-8F-14F-15F-16F-17F-18F20F21F22F-23F-35 JSFYF-110YF-113

Cargo            C-2C-5C-9C-12C-17UV-18C-20C21C-22C-23C-26C-27C-35C-38CT-39C-40C-130C-135C

Tankers              KC10KC130KC135

Trillions of dollars!  Someone should tell the tax-payers!     I was tempted to touch a few billion dollars worth of this exotic material; as I won’t see it ever in cash!

 

  Below, at Castle AFB Atwater Calif. (Decommissioned base but once old home of the B52′s)

North of Fresno.  East of San Jose, South of Lodi, Stockton, and Modesto,  

 The F-4 Phantom: Bruised but unbowed.  Both of us!

 Even while parked up, it’s impressive.  

 

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  A reminder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixd1wvOq234&feature=related

 

 

 From a remarkable machine in California to a building complex or is it a complex of buildings?

It’s certainly a building of past complexes.

 

 

WATERGATE-inside the doughnut!

WATERGATE -inside the doughnut, and not the doughnut inside.

 

  Alas!  Poor Richard, he knew them well.        

WATERGATE  whose third syllable is now a suffix applied by asinine broadcasters to any popular event which is viewed as dubious!   More abhorrent is the knowledge that emost every Tom and Dick and Jane who entered the less than useful world of scribbling;  started out, believing they could ‘break a story’  such as this, and be the next Woodward and Bernstein.

 So much that says for a modern interpretation of political subterfuge and corruption. 

 

Moving on, I spent most of that day re-running televisual memories of the  atmosphere and circumstance of that time in the early 1970′s  both inside the hotel and in the complex that envelops it.

Across the street the Howard Johnson Hotel housed the ‘lookouts’ They seemingly called the break-in team of ‘plumbers’ and probably used the argot of the time ‘Split! Here comes the fuzz’

Moments later the Watergate debacle was in motion, and the word has come down through the times.  What was RMN  thinking?  He would probably have been re-elected without this paranoia.  Compounding the error he had automatic open-reel tape recordings in the White House of the whole affair.

A warm feeling to realise that the deeds of Richard Nixon all those years ago pale in significance by comparison with recent administrations

 The Petroleum Grab Imperialism  of the last two decades or more has never been fully exposed by the shill media outlets.  Maybe a word is needed to make it ‘hip’ to talk about.

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One Response to US of A and the rest of …..us.

  1. Love the “machines”! :) Of course, the dog’s great, too. Cheers.

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